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SABA-DC Town Hall Meeting: Election 2016

  • Tuesday, October 18, 2016
  • 6:00 PM - 8:30 PM
  • GWU Law School, 2000 H Street NW


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SABA-DC Town Hall Meeting: Election 2016

      The 2016 Presidential election has played out like no other.  The candidates, Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, present very distinct choices and the voters and the country are clearly divided.  The only certainty appears to be uncertainty.

      This election has repercussions well beyond the executive—it will no doubt have a significant impact on Congress and the Supreme Court.

      What does this mean for the South Asian community?  SABA-DC invites you to attend a thought-provoking interactive town hall meeting where our expert panelists will debate this historic election, its potential outcome, and the impact on the South Asian community.

      This is a Town Hall Meeting format so please come prepared with your questions.

When: Tuesday, October 18, 2016, 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM (the town hall meeting will begin promptly at 7 PM and will be preceded by a one  hour networking reception)

GW Law School, Faculty Conference Center, Burns, 5th Floor
2000 H Street NW, Washington DC

Metro/Parking: The closest Metro stations are Farragut West and GWU/Foggy Bottom (Orange & Blue Lines), about a 10-minute walk to the law school. If driving, street parking is available.

Cost: Free for members; $10 for Non-Members; 

The Town Hall Meeting will be moderated by BBC Journalist, Hetal Gandhi.  Hetal is a Digital Journalist for the British Broadcasting Corporation.  Based in Washington, DC, she covers a wide range of topics including the election, racial injustice and cultural feature stories.  Her focus is on creating content that is of interest to a global audience.  Combined with text and video, her stories are offered in the 28 different languages that are delivered on the BBC’s social media platforms.


Neera Tanden is the President and CEO of the Center for American Progress and the Center for American Progress Action Fund. Tanden has served in both the Obama and Clinton administrations, as well as presidential campaigns and think tanks.

      Tanden previously served as senior advisor for health reform at the Department of Health and Human Services, working on President Barack Obama’s health reform team in the White House. In that role, she developed policies around reform and worked with Congress and stakeholders on particular provisions of the legislation.

      Prior to that, Tanden was the director of domestic policy for the Obama-Biden presidential campaign, where she managed all domestic policy proposals. Tanden had also served as policy director for the Hillary Clinton presidential campaign, where she directed all policy work, ranging from domestic policy to the economy to foreign affairs, and managed day-to-day policy announcements.  In that role, she also oversaw the debate preparation process for then-Sen. Clinton (D-NY).

       In 2000, she was Hillary Clinton’s deputy campaign manager and issues director for her Senate campaign in New York. Tanden also served as associate director for domestic policy in the Clinton White House and senior policy advisor to the first lady.

       She was named one of the “Most Influential Women in Washington” by National Journal and received the India Abroad Publisher’s Award for Excellence in 2011. Tanden was recently included on Elle magazine’s “Women in Washington Power List” and recognized as one of Fortune magazine’s “Most Powerful Women in Politics.” She received her bachelor of science from UCLA and her law degree from Yale Law School.

Puneet Ahluwalia serves on the Asian Pacific American Advisory for Donald Trump.  He also presently serves on the State Central Committee of the Republican Party of Virginia, and as First Vice Chairman of the Fairfax County Republican Committee.  He is a member of the Northern Virginia Republican Business Forum.

      Mr. Ahluwalia, a consultant with the Livingston Group, LLC, is an experienced lobbyist and international business advisor.  Mr. Ahluwalia brings his expertise in coalition building and messaging, combined with a strong background in international affairs.  He has an extensive background in issue management, public policy, international trade and coalitions.   His policy areas include energy, defense, cyber security, and infrastructure.

      From 2011 to 2015, Puneet Ahluwalia was a Partner with both Franklin Global Group LLC and with Global Political Solutions LLC, two multi-service government relations and business development firms based in Washington DC.  


Our goal is to address the needs and concerns of the South Asian American legal community in Washington, D.C. while providing our members with the knowledge and support necessary to reach their personal and professional goals.

You can find us here:

South Asian Bar Association of Washington, D.C.

P.O. Box 65349
Washington, D.C. 20035

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